Hesionura elongata and Protodorvillea kefersteini in offshore circalittoral coarse sand

Description (English)

Offshore (deep) circalittoral habitats with coarse sand may support populations of the interstitial polychaete Hesionura elongata with Protodorvillea kefersteini. Other notable species include the phyllodocid polychaete Protomystides limbata and the bivalve Moerella pygmaea. This biotope was reported in the offshore northern North Sea by Eleftheriou and Basford (1989). Relatively little data exists for this biotope.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MD3212

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Invertebrates Hesionura elongata
Invertebrates Protodorvillea kefersteini
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Hesionura elongata Invertebrates
Protodorvillea kefersteini Invertebrates

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A5.152 Hesionura elongata and Protodorvillea kefersteini in offshore coarse sand same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A5.142 Hesionura elongata and Protodorvillea kefersteini in offshore coarse sand same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A4.141 Coarse sand, 100-120 m, with polychaetes Hesionura elongata, Protodorvillea kefersteini, Protomystides bidentata and molluscs Moerella pygmaea same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A4.141 Coarse sand, 100-120 m, with polychaetes Hesionura elongata, Protodorvillea kefersteini, Protomystides bidentata and molluscs Moerella pygmaea same
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